New York City: Helicopter Tour with Narration

4.4 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: Zip Aviation

New York City: Helicopter Tour with Narration

Activity provider: Zip Aviation

From US$ 349 per person

See New York from a new perspective on a 30-minute narrated helicopter tour. Glide above the Big Apple in a helicopter with panoramic views over Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Coney Island.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian
Wheelchair accessible


  • Come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty
  • Enjoy stunning views of the skyline, including the Empire State Building and new World Trade Center under construction
  • Cruise out over Brooklyn and see the famous Coney Island amusement park
Full description

Soar over Manhattan in a helicopter and take in New York City’s most breathtaking sights from above. Admire Battery Park and the Statue of Liberty and enjoy insightful commentary from your audio guide. Start your helicopter ride around Battery Park and continue over the labyrinth of streets in the Wall Street area. Fly over Governor's Island as well. Make sure to keep an eye out for the recently renovated public art that has been installed on this once private island. Then, she rises in the distance – the Statue of Liberty! Come face-to-face with this iconic monument and your highly trained pilot will give you a view of the Statue that you’ve never seen before. Marvel at this unique perspective of the Big Apple, cruising over all 5 boroughs, past epic bridges, towering skyscrapers, and even the amusement park at Coney Island before safely returning to the heliport.

  • 25-30 helicopter tour with pre-recorded narration (depending on the option selected)
  • Professional pilot and crew
  • Optional video (available for purchase)
  • Transportation to and from Heliport
  • Optional gratuities
  • A boarding fee of $40.00 USD per passenger

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Meeting point

The tour departs from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River, New York, NY 10004

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Current government-issued picture ID (for example passport) is required at the time of check-in. Originals are required, no photocopies
  • You must pay a non-inclusive boarding fee of $40 USD before the departure of the flight
  • The pre-recorded tour narration minimizes the interaction with customers and pilots so the pilots can focus on air traffic and radio calls within the busiest airspace in the country. This is not meant to create distance from our pilots, but solely an extra safety measure.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 76 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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A very nice, but expensive experience

The Birds Eye View is of course always a little bit better than just being on the floor. It was a very cool sightseeing flight, but also very short. The pilot was super cool and I'm glad I had him as a "guide", because he often gave extra information next to the audio track. But I was also lucky to sit in the front because if you sit in the middle of the back you obviously have a very bad view and the lady on my flight had a very negative experience, understandably. For me it was definitely great, but I would not do it again.

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October 5, 2018

The best experience of my 10 days New York Travel!!!

It was amazing! The crew was very nice and gave me a good feeling from the start. Unfortunately I don´t know his name,an irish pilot helped me to get the place beside the pilot in the helicopter. The view was brilliant. I was lucky having the best weather you can have on such a tour and would probably do it again.Thanks to all of them and especially to the irish pilot and Jesse,who found my picture still 5 days later!

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May 12, 2013

Absolutely unique experience!!! Breathtaking! Deduction in the B grade

The experience is just amazing! Flying a helicopter is in itself the coolest way to get around, but it just can't be topped over New York!! Deduction, because the organization before departure seems a bit chaotic and "pseudo-security checks" are made, which you can save yourself... Typical USA ;) But definitely recommendable!!!

April 16, 2012

Product ID: 15266